Topical Tag: Politics and Policy

The Magazine

Los Angeles River downtown

L.A.’s path to independence from imported water

After a yearlong reprieve, Southern California is again under severe water scarcity conditions: Only 2 1/2 inches of rain have fallen in Los Angeles during the past 12 months. This time around, could Los Angeles shift its dependence from imported water to local water? A new report by UCLA researchers says the city could, eventually — if...


Lecture Series

Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Liable for Climate Change Harms in California

Law, Science, and Justice - Keynote Remarks by Bill McKibben


Union of Concerned Scientists and the UCLA School of Law Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment invite you to a stimulating conversation exploring whether and how the fossil fuel industry can be held liable for the harms climate change is inflicting on communities. Opening Reception with Refreshments at 5:15 p.m. PST. Panel Begins at 6:00 p.m....


Asma Mahdi

Guest writer & communications manager for Sustainable L.A. Grand Challenge

Sustainable L.A. Grand Challenge

Tomás Olivier

Postdoctoral Scholar

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Greg Jesmok

Undergraduate student

Aradhna Tripati

Associate Professor, Center for Diverse Leadership in Science Director & P.I.

IoES, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences


In the News



Making Los Angeles completely water self-sufficient won’t be easy or cheap. But it can be done

Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor of environment and sustainability at UCLA, leader of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, and IoES faculty member contributed an opinion piece to the LA Times.



Spotlight: U.S. environmental lawsuit targets Trump administration for 1992 UN treaty breach

Xinhuanet North America quoted UCLA Environmental Law professor/ IoES faculty member Ann Carlson; “If Trump doesn’t withdraw the United States from the 1992 UNFCCC, we remain a party to it and would still have to meet our obligations under the treaty, including providing data about our greenhouse gas emissions.”



Pruitt Signals Fight with CA Over Emissions Rules

Ann Carlson, UCLA Law professor and IoES faculty, discussed comments made by Scott Pruitt signalling an upcoming fight between the federal government and California in automotive emissions regulation.